Maxine Peake's Beryl Arcola Theatre tickets on sale now!
Buckle up for this trailblazing play, originally written for the radio by renowned actress and writer Maxine Peake (Black Mirror) and based on the true story of Beryl Burton, a famous English cyclist who made history and defied all the odds. Directed by Marieke Audsley, resident director of Sheffield Theatres, who helped stage Lungs, Othello, and The Way of the World, this upcoming Off-West End production of Beryl: A Love Story On Two Wheels is set to take the London theatre scene by storm this autumn. London's Arcola Theatre is renowned for offering low-price theatre tickets in a bid to make theatre more accessible, and with this highly-anticipated stage play by Maxine Peake, tickets for Beryl at the Arcola are expected to sell out fast! Don't hesitate to book early and guarantee your spot in this spectacular production!
What is the Beryl Burton play about?
The play tells Beryl Burton's heartwarming and unforgettable story. Regarded as the greatest woman to ever ride on two wheels, Beryl Burton is someone to be remembered. At age 11, she was diagnosed with a heart-weakening illness. Her doctors told her to avoid strenuous activity for as long as she shall live, but Beryl defied all warnings. At age 30, with no financial sponsorship and bearing the moniker, 'the Yorkshire housewife', she became the first sportswoman in history to beat a man's competitive sports record. Throughout her cycling career, Beryl won a total of seven world titles and over 90 domestic championship titles whilst also setting countless national sports records. Her women's record for the 12-hour time trial with a total of 277.25 miles went undefeated by any man for two whole years.
Beryl: A Love Story On Two Wheels was originally broadcast as a radio play with Maxine Peake in the role of Beryl Burton. It also included interview snippets with Beryl's husband, Charlie, and their daughter, Denise Burton Cole, who ent on to become a cycling champion herself. The radio play was eventually adapted for the stage by Peake for the Tour de France in Leeds and premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in June and July 2014 with the newly abridged title, Beryl. Following the show's success, it returned to the West Yorkshire Playhouse the following year before embarking on a nationwide tour in 2015. The play is now set to make its way to the Arcola Theatre in Hackney, London.
Spotlight on Beryl playwright Maxine Peake
Maxine Peake is a highly prolific television, film and stage actress. Her most recent notable TV credit is the role of Bella in the Series 4 Black Mirror episode, "Metalhead", in which her character got chased by robo-canines filled with dangerous shrapnel. Other television credits of hers include Holby City, The Devil's Whore, Criminal Justice, and Silk. Peake's stage credits include Beryl, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hamlet, Miss Julie, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Deep Blue Sea, and Happy Days. She has won a number of awards throughout her career, including the 2010 Crime Thriller Award for Best Actress (Criminal Justice), the 2010 Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress (The Street), and most recently the 2018 UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.
Though she has starred in Beryl in the past, casting has yet to be confirmed for the upcoming Arcola Theatre production of Beryl.
Cheap tickets for Beryl at the Arcola Theatre now available!
Don't skip out on this inspirational story about the real-life Beryl Burton as she fights to beat the odds, going down in history as one of the greatest British cyclists of all time. Be sure to book your Beryl tickets sharpish to secure the best seats at the Arcola Theatre in London whilst stocks last!